Rattray Head (listen (help·info)), historically Rattray Point, is a headland in Buchan, Aberdeenshire, on the north-east coast Scotland. To north lies Strathbeg Bay and Rattray Bay is to its south. The dunes at Rattray Head beach can be up to 75 feet (23 m) high and stretch 17 miles (27 km) from St Combs to Peterhead.
Rattray Head lighthouse
Rattray Head Lighthouse
|Year first constructed||1895|
|Tower shape||cylindrical tower with balcony and lantern on a conical frustum basement|
|Markings / pattern||unpainted basement, white tower, black lantern|
|Tower height||34 metres (112 ft)|
|Focal height||28 metres (92 ft)|
|Light source||solar power|
|Range||24 nautical miles (44 km; 28 mi)|
|Characteristic||Fl (3) W 30s.|
|Fog signal||2 blasts every 45s.|
|Managing agent||Rattray Head B&B and Ratty's Tearoom  |
The 120-foot (37 m) Rattray Head lighthouse was built in 1895. It was built by the engineers and brothers David Alan Stevenson and Charles Alexander Stevenson. In February 1982 it became unmanned and self-working.
The lighthouse is accessible by way of a causeway that is usually underwater and only visible at low tide. It is wide enough for a vehicle to cross.
- The Online Scots Dictionary
- "Rattray Head Travel Guide". World 66. Retrieved 6 July 2007.
- Stanley Bruce (2005). The Bard O' Buchan Vol 1'. Bard Books. ISBN 0-9547960-2-0.
- Rattray Head The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 11 May 2016
- Rattray Head Northern Lighthouse Board. Retrieved 11 May 2016
- The lighthouse Archived 2 November 2006 at the Wayback Machine
- Rattray Head Lighthouse Archived 21 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Northern Lighthouse Board
- Rattray Head in the Gazetteer for Scotland
- Panorama of Rattray Head Lighthouse (QuickTime required)
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